Our New Vicar

A Message from Rod and Rita

Rita and I are delighted that God has called us to come to Great Malvern Priory. This is part of a journey of ministry that we have been on since I was ordained in 1992.

Rita and I were both teaching when I felt God’s calling towards ordination. After training at St John’s College, Nottingham, we moved to Felixstowe for my curacy.

Eventually I became  Team Rector of the Orwell Team Ministry before we felt God’s call to come to Taunton. St Mary Magdalene church is a joyful place to be and it has been a privilege and pleasure to serve God here. There are strong ecumenical relationships across the town. This has led to the establishment of Town Centre Chaplains to serve the businesses and shops and the formation of a charity called Charis, which has provided resettlement for Syrian refugees.

Rita and I have been married 37 years. Rita works as a relationship counsellor, working with Relate and Relationship Somerset. We have three grown up children, Hilary, Laura and Simon and four young grandchildren between seven years old and six months. Jack, our springador is excited about exploring the Malvern Hills and so are we. We are really looking forward to getting to know you all. It won’t be long now before we are all working together to share the good news that is knowing Jesus and sharing His love. Thank you for waiting so patiently, prayerfully and expectantly.

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